When should you start taking things seriously?

This is my ESPN Insider column for the week.

For some of us, it's been an agonizing season so far, hasn't it?

Last week, the following was posted on the message board here at RonShandler.com:

"After one week, Eric Thames (pictured) was doing well but Brandon Belt was a free agent. Seeing a chance for an upgrade, I picked up Belt for $36 of FAAB and dropped Thames....

Ron Shandler

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is considered one of the pioneers in the baseball analysis and fantasy baseball industry.

Beginning in 1986, Ron was the first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy play. His Baseball Forecaster annual celebrated its 30th anniversary edition in 2016 and the ground-breaking website he founded - BaseballHQ.com - celebrated 20 years online. Also:

Columnist, ESPN.com (2007, 2015- ), USA Today (2008-2014)

24 Top Three finishes in national experts leagues since 1994

Advisor, St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award

FSWA Hall of Fame

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Alternatives to the FAAB process

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The wanton waste in the free agent market continues unabated. This past weekend, in Tout Wars:

Avisail Garcia (pictured), $188. Highest losing bid, $127. (I bid $45.) Wasted: $61.

Robbie Grossman, $87. Highest losing bid, $32. Wasted: $55.

Lonnie Chisenhall, $37. Highest...

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PLAYER PREMONITION #170417

Every so often, something about a player will rise to my consciousness. A hidden indicator. A revelation that wakes me up at night. I'll call these periodic posts Player Premonitions.

I am always intrigued by players who go undrafted in 15-team mixed leagues with 6-man reserves, and then draw hefty...

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The Flawed FAAB Process

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Last week, in the Tout Wars Mixed Auction league, the pearl of the free agent pool was the just-anointed closer for the Washington Nationals, Blake Treinen (pictured). This is a player who would have gone for $15-$20 at the draft had he...

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Tales from the Ticket Window

A year ago February, I posted this note to my Facebook wall: “Susan Shandler just got a job with the Mets. She’s working the VIP Will Call ticket window during spring training and gets in to watch the last few innings of each...

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Things we can count on after one week

This week's ESPN Insider column, appearing every Friday.

This is the week for eternal optimism. Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper look vintage. Greg Holland and Jeanmar Gomez really did get saves. Khris Davis' owners are downright giddy over their eighth round bargain.

Everyone is still in or near first...

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